Alzheimer disease health-related information on YouTube: A video reviewing study

Mohammad Abu Sabra, Andaleeb Abu Kamel, Malakeh Z. Malak


Background: Alzheimer disease is a common cause of cognitive impairment among elders. Until now, there is no absolute management to treat the disease. Raising awareness of population regarding Alzheimer disease and its management is a top priority goal for different health organizations.

Methods: Recently, using different mass media, specifically YouTube to share Alzheimer health-related information become increasingly apparent. The purpose of this study was to review the content of YouTube videos regarding Alzheimer disease health-related information. The searching key terms of Alzheimer disease, and education, management, and care were used. Videos were critically analyzed for content, method of presentation, and caregivers.

Results: A total of 1,050 videos were reviewed, 513 videos were excluded because of misleading and duplication. Five hundred and thirty seven videos were analyzed. The most common type of videos classification was education. The majority of video content reviewed was signs and symptoms of Alzheimer disease. Slide presentation was the main method of presenting information (28.7%). The highest number caregivers in the videos review was for physician (32.4%). The total views of the videos were 4,831,853 views, 32,733 likes, and 1,060 dislikes.

Conclusion: YouTube videos of Alzheimer disease were frequently viewed. However, inaccurate or incomplete health-related information was noticeable. Community of caregivers has a clear opportunity to enhance the value and quality of educational material on YouTube. Moreover, the nurses should have a significant role in uploading accurate health-related information regarding Alzheimer disease YouTube videos.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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